compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
presided and continue to preside over it are still in place.
"Perhaps new laws are needed now, to stop the trafficking of English girls
in taxis from the school gate to the bedrooms of abusers. The same lesson
can be drawn: when police can’t (or won’t) act, then evil flourishes. And
unlike many of the sexual abuse cases that have been publicised recently,
there is nothing historic about these failures. The system is broken now,
and many of those who presided over it are still in place.
Prof Jay has lifted up a stone that is usually left undisturbed in Britain –
and given a devastating example of the problems that the Prime Minister
alluded to when he spoke about our “broken society” nine years ago.
Her report makes it clear that many of the safeguards there for those at
the bottom are broken too. Mr Cameron would be wise to give himself
some time before responding properly to this: the odds are that he, too,
has been astonished by the scale of the problem.
It falls to him to provide the solution."
LET us start with a riddle. If South Yorkshire Police can mount a raid on
Sir Cliff Richard’s home in pursuit of evidence linked to a single allegation
of child sex abuse 30 years ago, why were South Yorkshire Police incapable
of pursuing multiple allegations against multiple men who raped 1,400
children over 16 years?
One 11-year-old known as Child H told police that she and another girl
had been sexually assaulted by grown men. Nothing was done. When she
was 12, Child H was found in the back of a taxi with a man who had
indecent pictures of her on his phone. Despite the full co-operation of her
father, who insisted his daughter was being abused, police failed to act.
Four months later, Child H was found in a house alone with a group of
Pakistani men. What did the police do? They arrested the child for being
drunk and disorderly and ignored her abusers. As President Obama said
about the fiends who beheaded the journalist James Foley ...
“No just God would stand for what they did.”
My, what the British people would give to hear such ringing moral
condemnation from our own political leaders. The Labour Party, in
particular, is mired in shame over “cultural sensitivity” in Rotherham.
Especially, cynics might point out, a sensitivity to the culture of Muslims
whose votes they don’t want to lose. Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham
from 1994 to 2012, actually admitted to the BBC’s World At One that
“there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural
community boat, if I may put it like that. Perhaps, yes, as a true Guardian
reader and liberal Leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.”
Much better to hang on to your impeccable liberal credentials
than save a few girls from being raped, eh, Denis?
Fear of appearing racist trumped fears of more children being abused.
NOT only were negligent officials not prosecuted, they prospered.
Shaun Wright, a former Labour councillor who was in charge of Rotherham
children’s services during a five-year period when a blind eye was turned
to the worst case of mass child abuse in British history, is now South
Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Oh, Jonathan Swift, thou
shouldst be writing at this hour !
Thus far, a mere five men have been jailed in connection with the
disgusting crimes in Rotherham. A further 30 are under investigation.
We need a campaign to get other abused children to come forward
and receive the appropriate help. We need them to identify the
perpetrators. Shame and name, and shame again. Above all, we need
those girls to know that what was done to them was criminal, and the
way those crimes were ignored and suppressed by powerful men with
a political agenda was despicable as well as criminal. To avoid rocking
the multicultural boat, they fed 1,400 children to the sharks. No just
God would stand for what they did.
Painting entitled "Darfur" by Susan Ware
Poster Art entitled by Michael Goro
"A Fish Rots From the Head Down"
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